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Welcome to DTELS.ORG
updated 2nd February 2014

Twentieth Anniversary
For many of you who visit this site the 28th Febrauary 1994 will be remembered as being the last date the Directorate, or DTELS as was lattery known, ceased to exist as a public entity before ownership was transferred to NTL the following day by way of a trade sale.

Sadly, a number of former colleagues and friends are no longer with us, but the memories of them and the old organisation still lives on through this web site and with many of you who have shared your your thoughts with me over the years.

It is encouraging to know the site continues to be visited from people across the globe and on occasions still provides a source of new material.

Winter 2014 Reunion
It is planned to hold a reunion in London around the end of November. To mark the 20th anniversary it would be wonderful to see more ex-DTELS people attend this years reunion.  Please check this web site around July-August 2014 for further details as the Civil Service Club can cater for up to seventy-five people.  Let’s see if we can fill the room this year!!

Latest Updates
Four photos of people based at Mold Outstation from Peter Needham taken late 1970’s until early 1990s.

Reunion 2013 Photos
Photos from the 2013 DTELS Reunion held in London on 26th November 2013.

An excellent high quality Aerial photograph of Cranbrook Depot from Marcus Sutcliffe taken circa late 1970s/early 1980s.

Please continue to visit this site during 2014, particularly the forum for new postings and this home page.

... and Finally
Until my next message sometime during 2014, I wish you good health, happiness and fortune

Steven ColeRegards

Steven Cole


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New Visitor to this Site?
May I extend a big welcome to those of you who may be visiting this web site for the first time. If you not already aware, this site is dedicated to recording some of the history of the Directorate of Telecommunications.

As a public sector department within the Home Office for England and Wales, the Directorate was responsible for providing wireless communication support to Emergency Service users in the two countries.

Its origins go back to World War II (circa 1939) and grew over the years to become a major service provider to a wider range of Public Safety central and local government services. In 1991 it changed its name to DTELS and three years later became a private sector company following a trade sale to National Transcommunications Limited (ntl).

For more information about this web site, please click here.

Articles for Publishing
As ever I welcome DTELS related articles for publishing on this site. In particular personal recollection articles as I know many of you have enjoyed these trips down memory lane.

So please do your bit to record some history and send your articles by email to the address given on the feedback page.

Looking Back ....
Home Secretary Douglas Hurd visit to Bishops Cleeve MU circa 1988.

Bishops Cleeve Visit by  then Home Secretary Douglas Hurd

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